Micke Grove Zoo
|Location||Lodi, California, USA|
|Land area||5 acres (2.0 ha)|
Micke Grove Zoo is a small 5-acre (2.0 ha) zoo that opened in 1957 in Lodi, California. It is located within Micke Grove Regional Park, which includes a Japanese garden, the San Joaquin Historical Museum, an amusement park, and picnic shelters.
Currently, it is home to native animals and exotic species, some of which are endangered, and was at one point the smallest zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. However, the zoo lost its accreditation in April 2006 due to aging exhibits and cramped veterinarian space. While the veterinarian space has been expanded and the department supported by the University of California at Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, many exhibits are still in need of expansion.
Included in the current collection are a variety of non-releasable raptors, tortoises, and a variety of lemurs, and with an expansion currently underway snow leopards and Oriental small-clawed otters, originally planned to be added in 2010; however the economic crisis has halted the construction midway and it has been postponed. Many endangered primates and birds can also be found at the zoo, including parrots and tortoises from Madagascar. **Update 2014: The snow leopard has been added. While additional construction is planned, the current enclosure is a nice showcase.
Educational programs are funded with support of the Micke Grove Zoological Society. Important school based programs include six weeks of private zoo camp offered for San Joaquin County students, five weeks of public zoo camp; Animal Discovery Tours, and off-site Zoo Mobile programs. Their most popular programs and events include Zoo After Dark, Zoo Tots, Toys for Critters, and HalloWILD.
- Farrow, Ross (2007-11-26). "First director of Micke Grove Zoo dies". lodinews.com (Lodi News-Sentinel). Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "General Zoo Information". mgzoo.com. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- Winkelman, Cheryl (2007-03-27). "Micke Grove works to save species". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-31.[dead link]
- Kane, Greg (2006-03-16). "Zoo getting $2 million makeover". Recordnet.com. San Joaquin Media Group. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- Kane, Greg (2007-03-26). "Lodi's Micke Grove celebrates 50 years with face-lift". Recordnet.com (San Joaquin Media Group). Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- Farrow, Ross (2008-10-30). "Zoo expansion means snow leopards and river otters coming to Micke Grove in 2010". lodinews.com (Lodi News-Sentinel). Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- "Micke Grove Zoo". San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- "Micke Grove Zoological Society". San Joaquin County Parks & Recreation. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31.[dead link]